'''William Clark''' (August 1, 1770 – September 1, 1838) was an American explorer, soldier, Indian agent
, and territorial governor.
[Jones, ''William Clark and the Shaping of the West'']
A native of Virginia
, he grew up in prestatehood Kentucky
before later settling in what became the state of Missouri
. Clark was a Planter (American South)|planter
[Jay Buckley, ''William Clark: Indian Diplomat'', University Oklahoma Press, 2008, pg 20-1]
Along with Meriwether Lewis
, Clark helped lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition
of 1804 to 1806 across the Louisiana Purchase
to the Pacific Ocean
, and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States.
[''Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny'' Robert Miller, Bison Books, 2008 pg 108]
Before the expedition, he served in a militia and the United...